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com on

Face it.

Now What?

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Արշալույս - Dusk (Dämmerung / Crépuscule) is a musical-dance soirée as part of a CD launch, which brings works by Komitas, A. Khachaturian and A. Babajanian to the stage. Among others, the "Seven Songs" songs by Komitas will be heard, which tell of the individual's ability to resist and adapt, to build a new life and to mix cultures in order to create a sense of belonging in unknown countries. Tradition and migration merge in a special way. The three artistsTsovinar Suflyan, Laetitia KohlerIvan Yaher, use the performing arts as a bridge and means of connection, in which dialog, criticism, understanding and appreciation for each other have a firm place.
 

SU | 7. April 2024 | 17.00, Kulturhaus Helferei, Zürich Tickets

SU | 21. April 2024 | 17.00, Galerie FARB, Delémont Reservation

SA | 27. April 2024 | 20.00, Südpol, Luzern Tickets

SU | 28. April 2024 | 17.00, Ackermannshof, Basel Tickets

Concept

 

Piano

Choreography, dance

 

Acrobatics

Music

Outside Eye

Duration

Supports

 

Laetitia Kohler, Tsovinar Suflyan, Ivan Yaher 

Tsovinar Suflyan

 

Laetitia Kohler, Ivan Yaher 

Ivan Yaher

Komitas, A. Khachaturian und A. Babajanian

Alessandro Schiatarella, Luzius Heinzel

1 hour 

Kanton Basel-Stadt Kultur, République et Canton du Jura, Loterie Romande, Fondation Anne et Robert Bloch, Fondation Ernst Gönner, Fondation Loisirs-Casino, Kultur Basel-Stadt, Fondation Stanley Thomas Johnson,  Yere Wines, Prospero

Arshaluys

once upon a common ground

They are finding, defining and redefining their identity and needs through a special journey.

 

Anja Neukomm, Laetitia Kohler and Naomi Kamihigashi are teaming up with director of photography and editing Sarah Hinni, assistant director Deborah Kiener and music composer David Hohl to create a short movie, based on the dance piece com on.


Filming and editing: Deborah Kiener

Trailer Music: The Flower Girl by Charlie Chaplin

Short film

Directors, Choreographers, Performers

Director of photography, Editor

On set Assistant

Music composer

Duration

Supports


Awards

 

 

 

 

Honorable Mentions

Official Selections

once upon a common ground

Anja Neukomm, Laetitia Kohler, Naomi Kamihigashi

 

Sarah Hinni

 

Deborah Kiener

David Hohl

 

19 minutes

 

République et Canton du Jura, Loterie Romande, Fondation Loisirs-Casino, Fondation Anne et Robert Bloch

3rd 1st Monthly Film Festival, Croatia – Best First Time Director (Short)

6th Vesuvius International Film Fest, Italy – Best Dance Short Film

3rd Heart of Europe International Monthly Film Festival, Slovakia – Best Dance short film

3rd 8 & Halfilm Award, Italy – Best Dance Movie

3rd Robinson Film Awards (International Film Festival) – Best First-Time Filmmaker (short)

3rd Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival, Greece – Best Music/Dance/Art Film

2nd Sofia Film Awards – Best Experimental Film

 

3rd Paradise Film Festival, Hungary

3rd Madras Independent Film Festival, India

4th Kalakari film fest, India

Golen Giraffe International Film Festival
2nd Swiss International Film Festival

3rd Manifest Dance-Film Festival, India

13th On Art - Dance & Music Festival, Poland

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com on

com on
once upon a common ground

What is a balanced state? Is it something we find for ourselves or in relation to others?

Or both...

com on talks about three individuals searching for a balance. Their goal is to find their personal balance, as well as a stable ground within their trio. It is a zoom in and out from the individual into a bigger picture. They are finding, defining and redefining their identity and needs, through interactions and common activities, discovering along the way that finding stability for oneself seems to be an important first step in connecting with others.

com on is a collaboration between the choreographers and dancers Anja Neukomm, Laetitia Kohler and Naomi Kamihigashi. It is a short dance piece created and premiered on April 15th, 2021 supported by Roxy Theater, Birsfelden, within the frame of Mixed Pickles ♯10. 

com on is also the short film once upon a common ground followed with a live performance, which will premiere on November 12th, 2022. 

Editing: Anja Neukomm

Trailer Music: Swing Little Girl by Charlie Chaplin

Editing: Naomi Kamihigashi & Thomas Walschot

Trailer Music: once upon a common ground, David Hohl

Concept, Choreography, Performance

Music

Outside Eye


Light design

Technical director


Technical assistant

Duration

Supports

 

Anja Neukomm, Laetitia Kohler, Naomi Kamihigashi

Bolero, Maurice Ravel / Knives in Hens, Biosphere / This is My Song, James Last / Man, Billy Joel / The Flower Girl, Jose Padilla

Katharina Germo

Tobi Voegelin

Nando Dutler

20 minutes

ROXY, Jacqueline Spengler Stiftung

com on
dance piece

com on
short film &  performance 

Concept, Choreography, Performance

Music

Duration

Supports

Anja Neukomm/Thomas Walschot, Laetitia Kohler, Naomi Kamihigashi

David Hohl, Thomas Walschot

40 min

Aargauer Kuratorium, Théâtre du Jura, Fondation Anne et Rober Bloch, Chronos Movement Studio

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Face it.


Face it.

How do we find

stability and balance?

And if we find it,

can we keep it?

 

Face it. is about a group of five individuals facing, together, difficult situations in a limited space. Their goal is to find a stable and balanced state within the group in order to be able to face all situations. They seek to establish a common activity helping them to reach for this balance at all times - a ritual. The public simply witnesses it.

Video Footage: Guillaume Lachat

Editing: Sarah Hammond

Music: Thomas Walschot

Stability doesn't last forever. Naturally a chain reaction effect can disrupt this balance at any time, forcing the group to redefine itself. How can we help each other to restore stability within the group?

 

In June 2020, a 15 minutes long version of Face it. was shown at Dare & Share Basel. In October 2020, Laetitia Kohler and the artists had a two week residency through Dare & Share Extended, by Tanzbüro Basel. Face it. was Premiered on May 7th 2021 in the frame of Fête de la danse Delémont, and it is currently touring.

Dance piece
 
Performance

 

Concept, Choreography

Assistants

Music composition


Duration

Support

 

Face it. 

Five dancers
Alice D’angelo, Anja Neukomm/Aline Serrano, Dario Theiler, Naomi Kamihigashi, Sandy Albrecht 

Laetitia Kohler 

Sarah Hammond/Dario Theiler

Thomas Walschot

30 minutes
 

Centre Culturel Régional Delémontain, République et canton du Jura, Loterie Romande, Fondation Anne et Robert Bloch, Fondation  Loisirs-Casino, Tanzbüro Basel, Tanzhaus Zürich

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Now What?


Now What?

What is it to be young?

...Are we doing it right?

...Are we wasting it?

 

In Now What?, we witness two individuals navigating the beauty, uncertainty and urgency of their youth. The piece is a personal account of real-life memories, questions and fears, animated by a unique movement language and partnership. Incorporating elements of playfulness and nostalgia, the duo develops an onstage relationship mirroring that of a childhood friendship; we watch as their paths overlap and intertwine and as the two evolve, reminisce and learn alongside one another.

Video footage: Michael Zimberov, 

Editing: Sarah Hammond

Trailer Music: Blind Spots, Dan Romer

Now What? is KoHalition's premiere work, it was first conceived, choreographed and performed by Laetitia Kohler and Sarah Hammond and later adapted to another version with Dario Theiler taking over the Sarah's role. The piece is a melding of Kohler and Hammond's diverse artistic visions brought together by their synergistic movement style and  original dialogue; it also features original musical composition by Maëva Kohler.

The production has been performed alongside The Basel Dance Academy at Theâtre de La Coupole (St. Louis, FR), for the platforms: DARE & SHARE (Basel, CH) and RAW & POLISHED (Nürnberg, DE), and as part of The Tukatuka Art Project (Schopfheim, DE).

Dance piece

Performance

 

 

 

Concept, Choreography

Music


 

 

Duration

Support

 

Now What?

Two dancers
Laetitia Kohler, Sarah Hammond/Dario Theiler

Mara Peyer, Naomi Roth

Laetitia Kohler, Sarah Hammond

Immediate Horizon 3, Alessandro Cortini & Lawrence English / Untitled original composition, Maëva Kohler /Auf dem Wasser zu Singen D.774, Schubert, Barbara Bonney & Geoffrey Parsons

10 minutes

 Galina Gladkova Hoffman

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